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A Strong Voice For Women: The CEDAW Committee Reviews Canada

Meghan Campbell 13th January 2017

For the first time in eight years the Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has reviewed Canada’s record on women’s rights. The Concluding Observations on Canada are remarkable not only in the breadth of issues it covers but also its attention to detail and the specificity […]

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Iran’s Criminalization of Human Rights Defenders: The Case of Narges Mohammadi

Delaram Farzaneh 12th January 2017

The “harassment” of human rights defenders’ and “criminalization” of their activities in Iran has become common practice by the judicial branch of the Islamic Republic in recent years. According to the Secretary-General’s report to the General Assembly, in September 2016, this trend includes arbitrary arrest; prolonged solitary confinement; psychological and physical torture; unfair trials; and […]

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Sharing Responsibility for a World in Crisis

Colin Harvey 10th January 2017

The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants met in New York on 19 September 2016. There were heightened expectations leading into this event, at a time when there is a global refugee crisis, and when human migration is less the exception and more the norm. Many suggest that the existing systems are broken, and there […]

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